Stamford nature center mourns loss of river otter, Bert

Stamford nature center mourns loss of river otter, Bert


STAMFORD — The Stamford Museum and Nature Center has lost one of its most adorable residents. 

The museum announced this week that Bert, a North American river otter that was about 20 years old, died on Feb. 4.

“Bert was always a gentle and easygoing guy to the energetic ladies,” according to a Facebook post by the museum. “He loved playing in the snow, wrestling with friends and snuggling his stuffed animals at night — he even tucked them in.” 

The post included a photo of a stuffed toy monkey with a blanket tucked under its chin.

Bert had lived at the nature center in North Stamford since 2008. He was brought to the city from Ohio. 

“Bert was a staff and visitor favorite and will be greatly missed by all, especially by his friend Sadie,” the post read.

Sadie came to the nature center in 2016 after the death of Bert’s former companion, Edie.

Victoria Jaffery, the co-manager of Heckscher Farm, said that Edie and Bert were named in honor of two donors to the nature center, the late Edith and Robert Graham.